This is a good espn.com article about John Elway. This is my favorite quote regarding programming and running a business: “He based his approach to scouting on Jack’s golden rule: ‘Look for heart first.’”
“Treat your code like poetry and take it to the edge of the bare minimum.”
“I have learned magnitudes more from code I have maintained over code I have written from scratch.”
~ Viktor Klang, in this tweet
I have no idea who or what ILYO is, but I like the “poetry” part, and dislike the “bare minimum” part. As the second quote implies, code should be written so you can read it a year or two from now.
I like most of Dana Stabenow’s work, and while I didn’t particularly like Dead in the Water, I did enjoy some of the quotes in the book, such as, “Always perform the work that has to be done without attachment,” which comes from the Bhagavad Gita, of which there are many translations (such as this one, this one, and this one).
“We don’t take any days for granted,” said Pagano, 58, whom the Bears hired in January. “Every day that we get, we try to kick its ass, take full advantage of it. If you get another one, we’re going to do the same thing the next day.”
“‘Live full, die empty’ is the motto now.”
~ from this story on Chuck Pagano
Carlos Castaneda meets Denali: “Does this path have a heart?”
For me, the path that led me to Alaska had a heart. For others, that path may have no heart, but another path does.
Recent events remind me that people often have two reasons for doing something: a reason that they’ll tell you, and the real reason.
(I initially learned that when I read the 1947 version of this book by Frank Bettger.)
“Remember people, that no matter who you are, and what you do to live, thrive and survive, there are still some things that make us all the same. You, me, them, everybody, everybody.”
~ Elwood Blues, from the song, Everybody Needs Somebody To Love
Stopped off to do a little bowling on the way to the grocery yesterday. I’m rolling the ball about 21-23 mph. Next to me, a little old man with an oxygen tank strapped onto his back is rolling maybe 10 mph, but with a really nice hook. He’d throw a few balls, then rest for a while, then throw a few more. We had some good conversations, but the best was about enjoying whatever time we have left.
~ November 2, 2013
Besides books on sports, the first book I remember reading that wasn’t assigned to me by a teacher is Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl.
Some people look at life as a science or engineering puzzle that has to be solved.
Others see the Tao in life, go with the flow, and find peace and harmony.
Me, I’m just here for the cookies.